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TROY, N.Y. – The 2018-19 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s swimming & diving team will be captained by Thomas Macaluso, Everett McNair and Noah Pan with Graham Zola as the assistant captain. Pan is in his second year in the role, while the others are each in their first.
A senior, Macaluso (Merrick, NY / Calhoun) is a freestyle swimmer who established personal records in the 50, 500, 1000 and 1650-yard events last season – the final three at the Liberty League Championship Meet. He had a 4:53.48 in the 500, a 10:31.31 in the 1000 and 17:38.55 in the 1650 to help the Engineers to the team championship. The biomedical engineering major’s personal best time in the 50 (24.82) came in a dual meet against Hartwick College.
Macaluso’s top times in the 100 free (52.37) was set at the 2015 league meet and his best performance in the 200 free (1:53.57) came at Ithaca College in February 2017.
A sophomore, McNair (Schodack Landing, NY / Home) also swims freestyle. He participated in the 200 at the conference meet, touching the wall in 1:42.03 to place third. Overall he finished with four victories and three third place finishes.
The electrical engineering major also swam in relays, helping to set three school records. He was part of the 200 medley relay that swam in 1:33.19, the 200 free relay that touched in 1:23.36 and the 400 free relay in 3:05.26.
Pan (Oakland Gardens, NY / Bronx High School of Science), a senior, was part of the 200 and 400 medley relay (3:24.73) record-setting teams a season ago. Individually, he was third on the team with 191.00 points after winning nine times, finishing second eight times and third once. He had five personal records, including in the 100-yard backstroke (51.75) at the conference championship. The electrical engineering major also set marks in the 100 free (48.61) and the 200 individual medley (1:58.46) in 2017-18.
Pan was third on the Engineers in points as a sophomore (271.00). He had 13 victories, four runner-ups and two third place finishes.
A junior freestyler, Zola (Fargo, ND / Davies) won three times with a team-high 11 seconds and six thirds last season. He finished with 180.00 points. The aeronautical engineering major earned three personal records at the Liberty League Championship in 2018 with two coming in freestyle and one in the butterfly. Zola swam 21.06 in the 50-free, 46.69 in the 100 and 50.87 in the 100 fly. He was also part of four relay records, including the 800 free (6:52.36).
Rensselaer, which is coached by Shannon O’Brien (swimming) & Maria Coomaraswamy-Falkenstein (diving), has a roster of seven seniors, six juniors, six sophomores and eight freshmen. The first meet for the Engineers, who have won back-to-back conference titles, is on Saturday when RIT travels to Troy for a dual meet at Robison Pool (1pm).